Statement game for Tampa in Game 3 win over Avalanche

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Home ice never looked so good to the Lightning as it did on Monday night as they defeated the Colorado Avalanche 6-2 in Game 3 to cut the Avs lead in the best-of-series to 2-1.

Steven StamkosOndrej Palat and Pat Maroon each had a goal and an assist, and Nikita Kucherov and Victor Hedman each had two assists for the Lightning, who rebounded from a 7-0 loss in Game 2 on Saturday.

Andrei Vasilevskiy was outstanding as he stopped 37-of-39 shots, thwarting the Avalanche time-after-time.

“We knew that this was a pretty much a must-win game for us,” Stamkos said. “So I thought we played like it tonight. I thought our attention to detail was a lot better and the game plan, not that it changed too much, but we executed it. So a way better effort for our group.”

Gabriel Landeskog scored two goals for the Avalanche, who lost on the road for the first time this postseason (7-1). Darcy Kuemper allowed five goals on 22 shots before being replaced in the second period by Pavel Francouz, who made nine saves.